Honda Elevate WR-V Review: Price, Images, Colors, Specifications & More
The WR-V name is globally reserved for the City-based SUV/Crossover, and it had made its mark in the Indian market.
The latest addition to Honda's lineup in the Indian market, the Elevate, is making waves and contributing significantly to the brand's sales figures. Positioned as a mid-size SUV, the Elevate is built on the platform of the popular Honda City, competing with other contenders in its segment such as the Tata Harrier, Hyundai Creta, Kia Seltos, MG Astor, and more. Interestingly, this isn't Honda's first foray into the crossover segment in India, as the WR-V, based on the City’s platform, preceded the Elevate. The WR-V name is globally reserved for the City-based SUV/Crossover, and it had made its mark in the Indian market.
Adding a fascinating twist to the story, Honda has taken a unique approach with the Elevate in the Japanese market. While retaining the same platform as the Indian model, the Elevate is introduced in Japan as the WR-V, showcasing the versatility of Honda's global branding strategy. Remarkably, there are no alterations to either the exterior or interior of the vehicle for its Japanese incarnation. The SUV continues to be powered by the same 1.5L NA petrol engine that is featured in its Indian counterpart, producing 121 PS of peak power and 145 Nm of maximum torque. In India, buyers have the option of a 6-speed manual transmission or a CVT, with the manual trims claiming a mileage of 15.31 kmpl and the automatic trims delivering a claimed mileage of 16.92 kmpl.
Moving on to the Elevate's key features, it boasts a larger touchscreen infotainment unit equipped with wireless Android Auto and Apple CarPlay. Other notable features include climate control, a wireless phone charger, a part-digital instrument cluster, a leather-finished dashboard, a multi-function steering wheel, Advanced Driver Assistance Systems (ADAS), and a powered driver seat, among others. These features position the Elevate as a strong contender in the competitive Indian SUV market.
In terms of dimensions, features, and technology, the Elevate is geared to compete with the Hyundai Creta, Kia Seltos, Toyota Urban Cruiser Hyryder, Maruti Suzuki Grand Vitara, Skoda Kushaq, MG Astor, Volkswagen Taigun, and more. The availability of the Elevate in various colors adds a touch of personalization for potential buyers.
As for pricing, the Elevate enters the market as a competitively priced option within its segment. With its impressive features, power-packed performance, and Honda's reliability, the Elevate aims to carve a niche for itself in the dynamic Indian SUV landscape. With tough competition to face, it remains to be seen how well the Elevate can elevate Honda's standing in the increasingly crowded mid-size SUV market.